Beware the Rover Bikers

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 21 Nov 2017

The Rover Squad is Kuala Lumpur City Hall's (DBKL) newest initiative to keep the streets clear of traffic. Pictured is the squad made up of eight enforcement officers on motorcycles, who will be split up into teams of two, covering four traffic prone areas.

Look out for the warnings from these bikers, for if you do not heed their call, your cars will be towed.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has set to task four Rover Squads (Pasukan Rover) made up of two enforcement officers on motorcycles per unit in a new approach to clearing the streets for traffic.

“DBKL is committed to continuously make efforts at ensuring traffic in the city runs smoothly, said mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz at the Rover Squad launch on Nov 21.

“The Rover Squad was created to disperse traffic and increase awareness to many on adhering to the rules set out to ease of traffic in the city area, especially along main roads at peak hours.

He added that the squad will take action on vehicles stopped or parked along roads, bus lanes and on roadsides with prohibited signs during peak hours.

“The squad make announcements, using their loudspeakers, for vehicle owners to move, but if there are no drivers in the seat and no one moving the vehicles after the announcement, the vehicle will be towed.

According to Amin Nordin the mobile traffic wardens to reduce and control traffic will be monitored over the next two months for its effectiveness, with the possibility of expanding the initiative in other areas.

Speaking on the perennial issue of taking down illegal bunting, advertisement and signage, Amin Nordin said the cost last year was RM3mil in terms of  manpower and logistics for its removal.

“Any company or organisation has illegally put up buntings,  advertisements or sign boards, will be given a show-cause letter,” adding that Standard Operating Procedures, that include fines, will be set up.

He also briefly addressed the topic of the no-headscarf uniform policy within the hotel industry, calling for hotels not to be prejudiced.

“Licensing officers will begin inspections on hotels in Kuala Lumpur to ensure this is not the case, because at the moment we are also not sure as half of the employees want to wear headscarves while the other half do not.

“So we will check if the individuals not wearing headscarves are doing so willingly or because their management is not allowing them.

“They (hotels) must allow it, because we cannot be prejudiced – if they want to wear the headscarves then they must be allowed to, and if they are not then we will take action.

Adding that hotels discriminating against their employees who want to wear headscarves, will be given a show-cause letter.

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